“We are excited to receive this generous donation from the Nature Conservancy as it will allow us to manage our public lands more effectively,” said Acting Forest Supervisor Tim Garcia.
“This is a really beautiful part of the Big Hole Valley and an important piece of a broader mosaic of public and private land that’s being conserved for wildlife and local ranching. The Conservancy is happy to place it under the good stewardship of the Forest Service,” says Jim Berkey, Program Director for The Nature Conservancy.
The donation will help the Forest Service to protect important wildlife habitat for a variety of species; maintain visual quality and open space; improve recreation opportunities; improve public access along approximately one half mile of Forest Road #2483; add approximately 25 acres of timber lands and 15 acres of range lands to the national forest; conserve approximately one half mile of riparian area along two forks of Dry Creek; and improve management of permitted livestock grazing.
For more information about this land donation, contact either the Wise River Ranger District at (406) 832-3178, or The Nature Conservancy, in Missoula, at (406) 370-6905.